The Iolaire Member Officer Working Group is continuing to progress plans for the events taking place later this year to mark 100 years since the Iolaire tragedy.
As part of that ongoing process, a Timeline of Planned Events (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) has been prepared and community groups are encouraged to let the Group know of any events they plan to hold. The Timeline will be continuously updated and can be referred to over the course of the next few months.
Norman A MacDonald, Chairman of the Group, said: "There are, of course, a number of events planned between now and 1st January 2019 to commemorate the loss of the Iolaire and we would like to invite community groups and organizations to let us know if they, too, have events planned so that we can add them to the Timeline. This will help to ensure that we are able to publicise all the events to a wider audience, whilst ensuring that there are no unnecessary clashes.
This commemoration is of major significance for our Islands. The events of that terrible night on Hogmanay 1919 impacted on communities throughout the Western Isles and remain a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by our young men in the service of their country. It is the worst tragedy to befall our Islands and its effect reverberates to this day."
To inform the group of planned community events and to add it to the Iolaire Timeline of Events, please contact:
Colin George Morrison
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
01851 822 615